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IGNs Top 10 Best Horror Movies

Check out this list of the 10 best horror movies picked by IGN. IGN selected these films including classic horror movies, and although it is an excellent selection of horror movies, there is not one modern horror movie in the bunch. This list does contain many horror films that many true horror fans have already put a notch on their belt.


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Top 10 Best Horror Movies

  1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    Directed by George A. Romero


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    Official Synopsis: Barbra and Johnny visit their father's grave in a remote cemetery when they are suddenly set upon by zombies. Barbra manages to get away and takes refuge in what seems to be an abandoned farm house. She is soon joined by Ben who stopped at the house in need of gas. Beset by the walking dead all around them Ben does his best to secure the doors and windows. The news reports are grim however with creatures returning to life everywhere. Barbra and Ben are surprised when they realize there are 5 people hiding out in the basement: Harry, Helen and Karen Cooper; and a young couple, Tom and Judy. Dissensions sets in almost immediately with Harry Cooper wanting to be in charge. As their situation deteriorates, their chances of surviving the night lessen minute by minute.
    Cast: George A. Romero, Robert Harvey, Bill Cardille, Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille, Vincent D. Survinski, Russell Streiner, Judith O'Dea, Rudy Ricci,…
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery

  2. Evil Dead II (1987)

    Directed by Sam Raimi


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    Official Synopsis: Ashley Williams travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda where they find a tape recording of a professor and a book of evil. This unleashes a bunch of evil spirits that constantly terrorize Ash. Meanwhile a journalist comes to the area to study the book of evil. Ash and her end up having to survive this swarm of evil until morning comes.
    Cast: Ted Raimi, Greg Nicotero, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Gary Jones, Dan Hicks, Josh Becker, John Peakes, Sol Abrams,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy

  3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Directed by Jonathan Demme


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    Official Synopsis: FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After graduation, she aspires to work in the agency's Behavioral Science Unit under the leadership of Jack Crawford. While she is still a trainee, Crawford asks her to question Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist imprisoned, thus far, for eight years in maximum security isolation for being a serial killer who cannibalized his victims. Clarice is able to figure out the assignment is to pick Lecter's brains to help them solve another serial murder case, that of someone coined by the media as Buffalo Bill, who has so far killed five victims, all located in the eastern US, all young women who are slightly overweight (especially around the hips), all who were drowned in natural bodies of water, and all who were stripped of large swaths of skin. She also figures that Crawford chose her, as a woman, to be able to trigger some emotional response from Lecter. After speaking to Lecter for the first time, she realizes that everything with him will be a psychological game, with her often having to read between the very cryptic lines he provides. She has to decide how much she will play along, as his request in return for talking to him is to expose herself emotionally to him. The case takes a more dire turn when a sixth victim is discovered, this one from who they are able to retrieve a key piece of evidence, if Lecter is being forthright as to its meaning. A potential seventh victim is high profile Catherine Martin, the daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, which places greater scrutiny on the case as they search for a hopefully still alive Catherine. Who may factor into what happens is Dr. Frederick Chilton, the warden at the prison, an opportunist who sees the higher profile with Catherine, meaning a higher profile for himself if he can insert himself successfully into the proceedings.
    Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Frankie Faison, John W. Iwanonkiw, Ted Levine, Tracey Walter, George A. Romero, David Early, Don Brockett, Daniel von…
    Genres: Thriller, Drama, Crime

  4. Jaws (1975)

    Directed by Steven Spielberg


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    Official Synopsis: It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat.
    Cast: Joseph Oliveira, Roy Scheider, Robin Eddins, Jeffrey Kramer, Fritzi Jane Courtney, Steven Spielberg, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Cyprian R. Dube,…
    Genres: Thriller, Drama, Adventure

  5. Alien (1979)

    Directed by Ridley Scott


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    Official Synopsis: In the distant future, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress call from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences.
    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Eddie Powell, Bolaji Badejo, Helen…
    Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi

  6. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    Directed by James Whale


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    Official Synopsis: Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster.
    Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Jack Curtis, Reginald Barlow, Marilyn Harris, J. Gunnis Davis, Joseph North, Tempe Pigott, Dwight Frye, Ted…
    Genres: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi, Comedy

  7. Halloween (1978)

    Directed by John Carpenter


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    Official Synopsis: The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people.
    Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, P.J. Soles, Nancy Stephens, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Tommy Lee Wallace, Mickey Yablans,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller

  8. Psycho (1960)

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


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    Official Synopsis: Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.
    Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Virginia Gregg, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, Walter Bacon, Francis De Sales, Hans Moebus, George Dockstader, Robert…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  9. The Exorcist (1973)

    Directed by William Friedkin


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    Official Synopsis: A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
    Cast: Max von Sydow, Eileen Dietz, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, John Mahon, Ellen Burstyn, Donna Mitchell, Kitty Winn, Rudolf Schündler, Rudolf…
    Genres: Horror

  10. The Shining (1980)

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick


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    Official Synopsis: Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel.
    Cast: Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, Derek Lyons, David Baxt, Aileen Lewis, Tony Burton, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Scatman Crothers,…
    Genres: Horror, Drama

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Source: ign.com